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YouTube Reveals Star Wars Battlefront, Pokémon Go Among Most Viewed 2015 Gaming Videos

by Mike Futter on Dec 08, 2015 at 05:01 PM

As the year winds down, lists start to rev up. YouTube has revealed some new viewership statistics, as well as the top 10 most viewed gaming videos.

The Google subsidiary conducted a survey of more than 4,800 participants, ages 18 to 54. While all of these go online at least once per month, they are split into “general online population” and “gamers.” The only difference is the latter group watches gaming videos at least monthly on YouTube.

Of that second group, which numbered 2001, 30 percent were women. A third are over the age of 35. And 47 percent of those surveyed self-reporting as gamers are parents.  

YouTube’s top 10 gaming videos for year are compiled by measuring views, shares, likes, comments, and other metrics. Of the ten videos, six were trailers or commercials, with the top spot going to Supercell’s Super Bowl Clash of Clans commercial.

The remaining four spots go to comedy, let’s play, and homage videos. Here’s the full list with links:

  1. Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial)
  2. Real GTA
  3. Star Wars Battlefront Reveal Trailer
  4. Five Nights at Freddy's 3 Teaser Trailer
  5. WARNING: YOU WILL DIE | Five Nights at Freddy's 3 - Part 1
  6. Discover Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO!
  7. Fallout 4 - Official Trailer
  8. Elders Play Grand Theft Auto V (Elders React: Gaming)
  9. Halo VS Call of Duty
  10. Final Fantasy VII - E3 2015 Trailer | PS4

YouTube also pulled together a list of the 10 most viewed games. This is measured by number of views and watch times.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  2. FIFA 16
  3. Five Nights at Freddy’s 3
  4. ARK: Survival Evolved
  6. Five Nights at Freddy’s 4
  7. Fallout 4
  8. Mortal Kombat X
  9. Batman: Arkham Knight
  10. Until Dawn


Our Take
Having a young child paints a clear picture for me about the way different generations use resources like YouTube. While I visit mainly for research, help with tricky sections of games, or the occasional comedy video, my son uses it as a primary source of entertainment.

He started by learning about Beyblade toys. Then he stumbled onto Minecraft mod videos. From there, it was parkour and Nerf guns. He’s always finding new things, and most recently was watching educational science videos.

When I was a kid we dreamed of on-demand scripted programming and movies you call up at the touch of a button. For our children, they have that, and a wealth of authentic and diverse content on any number of subjects. It isn’t all high quality, but there’s gold there if you’re looking.